Japanese Quince - <em>Chaenomeles japonica</em> - Zone 3 -

Japanese Quince - Chaenomeles japonica - Zone 3

Sorry, our Japanese Quince is not available for orders in fall 2018 and spring 2019.

Beautiful primarily ornamental shrub that also gives extremely aromatic fruit that can be processed to make delicious preserves and jellies.


The Tree

Japanese quince is a low-spreading deciduous shrub originating from eastern Asia. It is valued primarily for its ornamental characteristics. It grows at a medium rate and can typically live around 40 years. The shrub exhibits a low and densely tangled-looking form with glossy dark green leaves and small thorns. Reasonable size expectations are about 3ft tall and a 4 ft spread.   It produces stunning red flowers in late spring and vibrant yellow fruit that exude a captivating fragrance. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil and full sun but is not picky, persisting in most all soil and light conditions while showing a tolerance to air pollution.

Its Uses

Japanese quince fruit are not suitable for raw eating but make excellent preserves and jellies and can add a pleasant tangy, citrusy touch to dishes when grated on top or stewed to impart their flavours to other ingredients. These spiky plants also make a great barrier and their spreading root system has potential in erosion control.

Height at maturity90 cm (3 feet)
Spacing1 metre (3.2 feet)
Hardiness zone3
Soiladaptable (best in moist, well-drained soil)
Sun / shadefull sun\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\partial shade
Floweringmid-late May
Harvestmid-late October
Average fruit weight
Fruit coloryellow
Years to bear fruit
Latin nameChaenomeles japonica
Average diameter of fruit
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